ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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Stop me if you've heard this one. A celebrated producer of such films as Fight Club and 12 Years A Slave reveals on prime time news that he is a former Israeli spy. Sounds like the set-up to a fictional political thriller, right? Something Oscar-worthy, along the lines of Argo.

It's just that in this case, it happens to be true. Respected Hollywood producer went public in confirming the long-circulating rumors about the life he once lived on Israeli TV talk show Uvda. He admitted to having been an Israeli spy for years, buying arms for Israel and helping to boost his nation's secret nuclear program.

I did it for my country and I'm proud of it.

According to the 2001 book Confidential, The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan by Joseph Gelman and Meir Doron, Milchan was considered the "Chuck Norris" of the Bureau of Science Liason, the most accomplished and daring spy of the clandestine branch charged with securing nuclear materials and technology for Israel "by any means necessary."

When he came to the U.S., he tried to put that life behind him, Milchan said, but it didn't always work:

When I came to Hollywood I detached myself completely from my physical activities to dedicate myself to what I really wanted -- filmmaking. (But) sometimes it gets mixed up.

What I find most interesting is that he used the present tense, "gets", not past tense, "got". Curiouser and curiouser. Still, Hollywood has mingled with politics and intrigue for decades, so this isn't exactly a huge surprise. It's interesting that he admitted to it in such a public manner, however. I wonder how long it will be before we see the "based on a true story" screen adaptation of his story.

What are your thoughts?

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(Source: Fox News with the Associated Press)


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